The City of Boston is pleased to announce that they are launching the Age Strong public awareness campaign to dispel stereotypes about older adults and promote more positive messaging around aging. Continue reading
Lack of transportation has a profound impact on an older adult’s well-being and can lead to social disconnection. The National Council on Aging (NCOA) and Lyft are partnering to pilot a senior center outreach and education program to test older adult willingness to learn ridesharing, and to determine the positive impact ridesharing can have on a person’s well-being. Continue reading
The Mass. Healthy Aging Collaborative is supporting MassDOT in reminding the public that February 1, 2019 is the application deadline for funding from the Baker-Polito Administration’s MassTrails Program, a competitive funding program which will allow municipal and public entities to expand and connect networks of off-road, shared-use pathways and recreational trails in Massachusetts. Continue reading
Among the great Age Friendly work happening in the City of Boston and across Massachusetts is the Out4Supper Club hosted by the organization Ethos in Jamaica Plain, which is the region’s first supper club for LGBT older adults. Continue reading
Thanks to the Healthy Aging Collaborative’s partners at MassMobility, we are pleased to pass on a pair of funding opportunities relative to accessible transit and walkability. Continue reading
Fannie Mae recently announced a call for Ideas on Healthy Affordable Housing. The application period is open until November 1, 2018.
This Call for Ideas is part of The Innovation Challenge, a key component of Fannie Mae’s Sustainable Communities Initiative challenging public, private, and nonprofit sector organizations to reimagine affordable housing as the prescription for a healthy life. Continue reading
Periodically, the Healthy Aging Collaborative will share news articles from local efforts to make cities, towns and regions in Massachusetts Age- and Dementia Friendly.
Check out the following articles from late January on the momentum of this movement building across the state.
- Marshall Home Fund seeks Age-Friendly Community projects (Watertown TAB)
- Brookline’s rising senior population demands housing (Brookline TAB)
- As Massachusetts joins AARP ‘Age-Friendly’ network, Dartmouth does its part (SouthCoast Today)
- Cities of the Future: Winners of the ‘Future City’ New England Regional Competition (Sun-Chronicle/Foxboro Reporter)
As many publications do, the Boston Globe interviewed experts who could reveal some insight on what 2018 might bring for the business community regionally and nationally.
Alongside healthcare, technology and real estate predictions, the Globe story singled out the Age-Friendly Communities movement as a major trend to keep an eye on. The article makes note of how cities and towns from all across the state are taking part in the movement that focuses on improving quality of life and community livability for not only older adults, but people of all ages. Continue reading
With support from AARP, the University of Michigan launched the National Poll on Healthy Aging to help inform the public, health care providers, policymakers, and senior advocates on issues related to health, health care and health policy affecting Americans 50 years of age and older.
The project began in the Spring of 2017 and started issuing reports monthly on specific issues to highlight survey results, which are gathered multiple times throughout the year.
The latest of those reports focuses on Dementia caregivers and breaks down data on who caregivers are and their views on stress, whether their tasks are rewarding, and the health implications.
Here are some samples of the findings:
- Nearly all of those surveyed (91%) felt that being a caregiver has made them think about their own potential needs for caregiving in the future.
- One in four caregivers (27%) reported delaying or not doing things they should do for their health.
- Overall, 27% of caregivers had used caregiving resources in the past year such as self-help resources, family therapy, classes or trainings, support groups, and/or respite care; 41% of those who had not used any caregiving resources indicated an interest in using them.